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Multimedia Reporters are based in various markets across the country. This program continues to build a pipeline for the next generation of talented reporters with Fox News. They are equipped with a ‘Bureau in a Box’ to enhance Fox News’ newsgathering capabilities and contribute a steady flow of content for Fox News radio, digital, cable and broadcast. Each class of 5 MMRs are selected for the 2-year training program through which they receive mentorship, ongoing technical training and constant feedback to support their development as multi-platform journalists.

2018 MMR Echo Class

Las Vegas, NV

Ben Brown

Ben Brown is a Fox News Multimedia Reporter based in Las Vegas. He has covered 2020 presidential candidates in Nevada, the Billboard Music Awards, and the expansion of the marijuana industry in the state. Previously, Ben worked as a reporter and breaking news editor in Los Angeles for Fox News Digital. Ben graduated with a Master of Mass Communication and a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism from Arizona State University.

Boston, MA

Rob DiRienzo

Rob DiRienzo is a Fox News Multimedia Reporter based in Boston. He has covered the college admissions scandal, Kevin Spacey's criminal trial and campaign events leading up to the 2020 New Hampshire primary. Previously, Rob was an airborne reporter and photojournalist for WNBC-TV in New York City. Rob graduated from Temple University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a minor in Political Science.

Des Moines, IA

Mitti Hicks

Mitti Hicks is a Fox News Multimedia Reporter based in Des Moines. She has covered campaign events leading up to the 2020 Iowa caucus, Midwest flooding, and the impact of tariffs on the region's farmers. Previously, she served as a reporter for Montgomery Community Media in Rockville, Md. Mitti graduated from Syracuse University with a Master of Science in Broadcast & Digital Journalism. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

Miami, FL

Elina Shirazi

Elina Shirazi is a Fox News Multimedia Reporter based in Miami. She has covered Florida's efforts to combat sanctuary cities, the Florida Panhandle's recovery after Hurricane Michael and the Robert Kraft sex-trafficking scandal. Most recently, she worked as a reporter and anchor for WDVM-TV in northern Virginia. Elina graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism and International Business from American University.

Jackson, MS

Charles Watson

Charles Watson is a Fox News Multimedia Reporter based in Jackson. He has covered the aftermath of tornadoes in Alabama, Midwest flooding, and reported on security concerns on the southern border. Before joining Fox News, Charles was a reporter for Fios1 News’ New Jersey division. He graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

2017 MMR Delta Class

Philadelphia, PA

Talia Kirkland

Talia Kirkland is a Fox News Multimedia Reporter based in Philadelphia. She has covered the Bill Cosby trial, Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, and national opioid crisis. Most recently, Talia served as a reporter with WDTV in Clarksburg, W.Va. She graduated from Duquesne University with a Master of Science in Media Technology and Arts. Talia is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

Phoenix, AZ

Charlie Lapastora

Charlie Lapastora is a Fox News Multimedia Reporter based in Phoenix. He has covered the passing of former First Lady Barbara Bush, border security, and the death of Sen. John McCain. Previously, Charlie served as a producer and editor for The Media Gateway in Little Rock, Ark. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Oakland University. He is a member of the Asian American Journalists Association.

Tampa, FL

Allie Raffa

Allie Raffa is a Fox News Multimedia Reporter based in Tampa. She has covered the Pulse nightclub trial, Florida International University bridge collapse, Hurricane Florence, and the U.N. General Assembly in New York. Allie previously served as an associate producer for Fox News Sunday. She graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications and is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

Houston, TX

Madeleine Rivera

Madeleine Rivera is a Fox News Multimedia Reporter based in Houston. She has covered the Austin package bombings, Hurricane Harvey recovery, and the Santa Fe High School shooting. Most recently, she served as a reporter for News 12 Connecticut. Madeleine is a graduate of Fordham University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. She is a member of the Asian American Journalists Association.

MMR Alumni

Lauren Blanchard

Current Position: Fox News Edge Correspondent, Washington D.C.
Past MMR Coverage Location: Des Moines, IA
“My time as a MMR taught me how to turn local stories into pieces that can reach a national audience and make a real impact in the discussion of the day.”

Ray Bogan

Current Position: Fox News Edge Correspondent, Washington D.C.
Past MMR Coverage Location: El Paso, TX
"The MMR program has taught me lifelong lessons about being a journalist - not only accuracy and relaying facts, but also how to effectively tell a story for a nationwide audience."

Andrew Craft

Current Position: Fox News Digital Video Journalist / Producer, New York
Past MMR Coverage Location: Las Vegas, NV
"The MMR program has provided me with unparalleled experience for a reporter early in my career. The opportunities the program provides are unmatched in the industry and I’m all the better for it."

Matt Finn

Current Position: Fox News Channel Correspondent, Chicago
Past MMR Coverage Location: Las Vegas, NV
“Fox News invests a ton of time and resources into ensuring the success of its one-of-a-kind Multimedia Reporters Program.”

Emilie Ikeda

Current Position: WAGA-TV Fox 5 Reporter
Past MMR Coverage Location: Atlanta, GA
“The MMR Training Program surrounds its reporters with the best in the business. The team travels across the country to cover the day’s top stories. It’s truly transformative.”

Kyle Rothenberg

Current Position: Fox News Field Technician, Chicago
Past MMR Coverage Location: Jackson, MS
“A once-in-a-lifetime career opportunity to catapult yourself into a media world of non-stop networking, valuable work, and national news experience. The MMR program transformed my college-level experience into a national network reality.”

Garrett Tenney

Current Position: Fox News Channel Correspondent, Washington D.C.
Past MMR Coverage Location: Jackson, MS
“I was able to work with and learn from the very best in the business on a daily basis. I’m blessed to still be here at Fox covering the biggest stories coming out of our nation’s capital.”

Hillary Vaughn

Current Position: Fox Business Network Correspondent, Los Angeles
Past MMR Coverage Location: Manchester, NH
“This exclusive program is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and it will change the course of your career.”